Dodge Colt/Challenger/Conquest/Vista 1971-1989 Repair Guide

Wheel Bearings/Disc Rotor

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Rear Wheel Drive


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Fig. Fig. 1 Common early hub and brake disc components



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Fig. Fig. 2 Late model 1rear wheel drive hub and disc components

  1. Remove the caliper (pin type) or the caliper and support (sliding type).
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On the sliding type calipers, remove the caliper and support as a unit by unfastening the bolts holding it to the adapter (backing plate). Support the caliper with wire, do not allow the weight to be supported by the brake hose.

  1. Pry off the dust cap. Tap out and discard the cotter pin. Remove the locknut.
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  3. Being careful not to drop the outer bearing, pull off the brake disc and wheel hub.
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  5. Remove the grease inside the wheel hub.
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  7. Using a brass drift, carefully drive the outer bearing race out of the hub.
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  9. Remove the inner bearing seal and bearing.
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  11. Check the bearings for wear or damage and replace them if necessary.
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  13. Coat the inner surface of the hub with grease.
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  15. Grease the outer surface of the bearing race and drift it into place in the hub.
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  17. Pack the inner and outer wheel bearings with grease (see Repacking).
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If the brake disc has been removed and/or replaced, tighten the retaining bolts to 25-29 ft. lbs.

  1. Install the inner bearing in the hub. Being careful not to distort it, install the oil seal with its lip facing the bearing. Drive the seal on until its outer edge is even with the edge of the hub.
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  3. Install the hub/disc assembly on the spindle, being careful not to damage the oil seal.
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  5. Install the outer bearing, washer, and spindle nut. Adjust the bearing as follows.
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ADJUSTMENT



  1. Tighten the spindle nut to 15 ft. lbs. and then loosen it.
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  3. Tighten the nut to 4 ft. lbs.
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  5. Install the cap on the nut. Insert and bend the cotter pin. Do not back off the nut more than 15 degrees for cotter pin hold-to-slot alignment.
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  7. Install the hub cover.
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Front Wheel Drive

Refer to the Hub, Knuckle and Rotor procedure (preceding information) and remove the hub and knuckle assembly. This procedure also explains how to separate the rotor from the hub, and adjustment and packing of the bearings as well as bearing replacement. With the rotor removed, check for thickness and runout. See the brake specifications chart for appropriate values.

 
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